I was in Dubai for a business trip, and Addis Ababa is a quick hop from there so I decided to explore Ethiopia over a weekend.
First day was spent in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa is quite a chaotic city but it has its own character and is host to some very special sights.
If you drive or hike up to the Mount Entoto, the views are quite rewarding. On the you see men and women carrying large lids of wood they collect from the forest up there.
Next day I took a short flight in one of those propeller planes to Lalibela. Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site, is home to the thousand year old monolithic rock-hewn churches.
These Churches are still in use on a daily basis.
There are three groups of churches, and the most impressive St George’s Church stands almost four stories tall below the ground.
There is an uphill hike from the village where you would leave your car. The site is a working monastery and a church. You will see lots of locals going up including older folks. The monastery is located inside a cave and is made of layers of wood and stone. It’s quite a a unique architecture and has some impressive carvings and frescos inside.